U.S. Immigration Laws Force Microsoft to Canada


Microsoft announced on July 5, 2007 that it plans to open a new software development center in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as a way to recruit and retain talented workers who can’t get into or stay in the U.S. because of the present immigration laws.
Microsoft along with other companies has been active supporters of an increase in the number of foreign workers allowed to enter the United States on visas. Businesses currently compete for 65,000 H-1B visas a year. Though the exact number is not known, there are a lot more than 65,000 people applying for H1-B visas.
S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft said in a company press release, “Microsoft is a global company, and
our greatest asset is smart, talented, highly skilled people. Our goal as a company is to attract the next generation of leading software developers from all parts of the world and this center will be a beacon for some of that talent.”
The president of Microsoft Canada, Phil Sorgen said in the same press release that his country will benefit significantly.
“We have burgeoning high-tech and software industries and a globally envied quality of life, and our cities represent exactly the kind of environment that leading information workers want to live in,” he said.
“This center will help Microsoft remain globally competitive while providing strong economic benefits to British Columbia and Canada.”
The Microsoft Canada Development Centre will open this fall and will be home to software developers across the world. Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services, and solutions.

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